First parish council signs up to AONB membership scheme

Heath Hayes and Wimblebury Parish Council has become the first parish council in Staffordshire to sign up to Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s membership scheme.

 Cllr John Bernard, of Heath Hayes & Wimblebury Parish Council, commented: “Cannock Chase is so important to everyone living in our parish, and it’s wonderful that through the membership scheme we can help to protect and enhance this beautiful landscape and its wildlife. We all take advantage ofCannock Chase in our daily lives, and it’s really important that we don’t just take it for granted, and we help to look after it for our generation and our future generations. We are really proud to have become the first parish council member, and we’d encourage other parish and town councils to get involved.”

Emma Beaman-Green, Assistant Cannock Chase AONB Officer, said: “We’re delighted that Heath Hayes & Wimblebury Parish Council has signed up to our membership scheme, and we’re looking forward to members of the community getting involved in a variety of projects acrossCannock Chase. We’re also hoping other parish councils will follow its lead and join to help us carry out our essential work to protect and enhance the AONB. From sculpture trails that help people enjoy the Chase, while ensuring they remain in well managed areas, through to projects to study and protect endangered species, the AONB team delivers a wide range of activities designed to project this beautiful landscape.”

 CannockChase AONB was proud to launch its package of memberships in 2011. As well as newsletters and a book of stunning AONB photographs, members’ contributions help the AONB partnership to protect the landscape, while also giving members the chance to get a behind the scenes look at how the local area is managed. There are lots of memberships to choose from – including individual, partner, family, group and corporate, as well gift memberships.

 “CannockChase AONB is part of 8,000 square miles of protected landscape acrossEngland. It is important we manage this distinctive and precious habitat well.

 “Becoming a member of the AONB is a great way to be kept up to date about any developments, surveys or conservation work in the area, and to give something back to a habitat you love,”Continued Emma.

To become a member, or to find out more, please contact Cannock Chase AONB on 01889 882613 or email

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